Our Team


Saba Mehrzad

Founder, Editor in Chief, and Head Software Developer

Saba is a rising freshman at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She first started studying women in history when she was accepted as an intern at the New Historia under Women's Studies Professor Dr. Walker. Once she started studying Sedigheh Dolatabadi, she started to truly love, cherish, and appreciate her background because of Dolatabadi's amazing accomplishments. Inspired by The New Historia and Sedigheh Dolatabadi, Saba created iFeminist in order to allow her writers/readers to feel empowered by their identity.

Outside of iFeminist, Saba is the Founder and President of the Iranian American Youth Group (IAYG) which promotes and celebrates the Iranian culture while also uniting people impacted by the Iranian diaspora within a supportive community.

Saba's work can be found on the "Our Discoveries" page!


Caroline Shi

Research Team Director and Student Researcher

Caroline is a senior at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York.

Caroline has always been interested in Chinese culture and is excited to learn more about her Asian American heritage. She is especially interested to learn more about the intersection between gender, sexuality, and Asian identity.

Outside of iFeminist, Caroline is a part of her school’s debate team and serves as the Captain of the Lincoln Douglas Team. She is also heavily involved in a few other clubs regarding Asian identity as well as art and literature. In her free time, she enjoys making Spotify playlists, reading poetry and short stories, and hanging out with her friends.

Caroline’s work can be found on the "Our Discoveries" page!


Eira Mann

Membership Director and Contributor

Eira is a senior at Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas.

Eira’s interest in History came from having a teacher when she was in fifth grade, who gave plenty of examples of powerful and influential women in history. Her specific interest in history today specifically centers decolonization, the impacts of imperialism, and marxist/anti-colonial movements across the global south. In all of these movements, powerful women made waves of impact to liberate themselves and their country.

Outside of history, Eira also writes for her school’s newspaper and participates Junior State of America, a club dedicated to getting students involved with politics that impact them. In addition to this, Eira also participates in Creative Writing Club and Quizbowl. In her free time, Eira enjoys playing guitar and piano, and being involved in the Houston music scene.


Rahaf Aljerwi

Membership Director and Contributor

Rahaf is a senior at Midland High School in Midland, Texas.

Rahaf joined iFeminist to highlight women whose contributions to the world have largely been ignored. She hopes to learn more about herself through researching the lives of incredible women.

She is a programmer for her schools Robotics team and the founder of her school’s Girls Who Code club. She hopes to study the intersections between computer science, design, and statistics in college. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and baking.


Chloe Houer Deng

Web Development Director

Chloe is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, studing computer science and information systems.

As a first-generation Chinese immigrant, Chloe has not learned about her heritage as much as she hoped to. Although she is proud of her background, she understands that there are many barriers preventing her from finding accurate, unbiased information about her country. Instead, she found a middle ground focusing on researching feminists of Chinese descent who made contributions in the United States.

She spends her time participating in various school clubs and outside organizations. She is involved in journalism, piano, musical outreach, activism, and STEM. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, baking cheesecakes, hiking, jamming to music, and spending time with friends.

Chloe’s research can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Grace Nelson

Web Developer

Grace is a junior at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Indiana.

Grace is an advocate for women in STEM and wants to be apart of narrowing the gender gap in the tech world. Working with iFeminist has given her the opportunity to enhance her coding skills while learning about empowering female role models.

In her spare time, Grace participates in Habitat for Humanity and Science Olympiad. She is also on her high school swim team and teaches swim lessons.

Some of Grace’s favorite things are her two dogs, crafts, the color pink, and watermelon sour patch kids.


Xin Yi Li

Web Developer

Xin Yi is a junior at CUNY Brooklyn College in New York City studying computer science.

Xin Yi is involved in different organizations as a part of her interest in advocacy work, empowering other women in STEM, and contributing to positive change. She also did research for iFeminist in the past. She carries these beliefs with her through helping with web development on iFeminist.

Xin Yi is also an artificial intelligence fellow at Cornell Tech and working with Pfizer. She also participated in other programs such as Microsoft Research's Data Science Summer School, Google's Developer Student Clubs, and more. She hopes to use technology to empower underrepresented demographics in STEM and create software for marginalized groups to contribute to solutions to social justice issues.

Xin Yi's research can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Pooja Huded

Senior Editor and Research Staff

Pooja is a freshman at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

She has always been fascinated by history and especially likes learning about strong women from her Indian heritage and those who have been underrepresented despite great contributions to society.

In her free time, Pooja is a part of her school’s Indian Culture Club and runs Cross Country and Track throughout the year. In addition, she is part of Leaders for Literacy, Allies for Black Voices, as well as Amnesty International. In her research class, Pooja is currently studying the effect of reserved seats for women in national government on women’s equality in sixty countries, and whether gender quotas are doing enough to increase female representation in the government.

Her work can be found on the Discoveries page!


Amy Wu

Senior Editor and Student Researcher

Amy is a freshman at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

Amy is extremely passionate about chemistry, computer science, and sustainability. She has always been an avid supporter of women in STEM and is excited for iFeminist to bridge her interest in feminist studies with her Chinese heritage.

In her free time, Amy is a part of various organizations within her school. She is actively involved in Associated Student Body (ASB), is co-president of Operation Smile, is treasurer of Science Olympiad, and is a defense attorney on the Mock Trial team. In addition, she is a finance intern for Congressman Gil Cisneros as she is exploring her passion for politics. Outside of academics, she loves to code, get boba with her friends, and explore the outdoors.

Amy’s research can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page on the website! Make sure to check out her hard work!


Erika Avallone

Junior Editor and Contributor

Erika is a senior at The Mary Louis Academy in Queens, NY.

Erika’s interest in researching gender studies and women’s representation stems from her realization that male-dominated organizations often gloss over women’s accomplishments, burying a woman’s work. She recognizes the injustice of gender stereotyping and the importance of a gender holistic society.

At her school, Erika is the President of the Project Earth club, which uses her school’s platform to advocate for environmental justice and progression. She is also Co-President of the Latin Club and a music group. Erika loves to write and edit articles for the school newspaper, the Mariel, and to sing for the Glee Club. In her spare time, Erika loves to sing, play the piano, write, run, and read.

Erika’s work can be read on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Natasha Matta

Junior Editor and Contributor

Natasha is a senior at Harker High School in San Jose, California.

Natasha is passionate about closing the gender gap in STEM from her experience of being the only girl in her computer science classes as well as one of few girls at science fairs and summer programs. She realizes the importance of female empowerment and is excited to shed light on stories of women who do not receive enough recognition for the impact they’ve made.

Over the past three years, Natasha has studied genetics, chemistry, bioinformatics, neuroscience, psychology, and stem cell biology in hopes of pursuing a career in biomedical research in the future. This summer, she co-founded nonprofit organization headstartSTEM to increase transparency about careers in STEM and empower students from all backgrounds to pursue STEM fields. Natasha hurdles and sprints for her school’s varsity track and field team and holds two school records. She also participates in DECA business club, serves on the content team of her school’s science journal, Harker Horizon, and writes for a number of youth advocacy organizations. You can find her work on the Our Discoveries page!


Giovanna Napoleone

Junior Editor and Research Staff

Giovanna is a freshman at Columbia University in the City of New York, passionate about both STEM and writing.

Giovanna loves learning more about her South American heritage and the history of women activists in science and medicine through her research. Through joining iFeminist, reading, and editing articles, she has been able to expand her worldview and appreciation of pioneering women in STEM. She graduated high school with excellence awards in Science, Mathematics, Music Theory, and English, and is a Hispanic Fund Scholar.

In her free time, Giovanna runs a Young Writers’ Forum called GN Books to collaborate with others in addition to playing the violin and piano.

Giovanna's research is published on this site’s Discoveries page, so feel free to check it out!


Ariane Lee

Director of Graphic Design and Contributor

Ariane is a freshman at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Ariane has always had a passion for history, and she was excited to integrate this passion with her belief in female empowerment. Ariane believes that by highlighting underrepresented women, it brings attention to the contributions women have made to society that have been largely ignored.

Ariane is an active participant in debate, and is a captain of her school’s DECA chapter. She is also the president of her school’s Model Congress and the vice president of her school’s Red Cross Club. Outside of academics, Ariane is an avid fan of the arts, and can often be found painting and drawing in her spare time.


Simran Goel

Social Media Director and Student Researcher

Simran is a freshman at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

Simran has always been interested in learning more about her Indian heritage and was excited to uncover amazing Indian women.

After school, Simran participates in National Art Honors Society, Speech & Debate, DECA, tutors at Kumon, and leads Leaders for Literacy, a club dedicated to fighting adult illiteracy. She also enjoys reading, drawing, and bubble tea.


Rhoda Ayele

Graphic Designer

Rhoda is a senior at Ruben S Ayala High School in Chino Hills, California.

Rhoda is passionate about inspiring and supporting women and other marginalized groups within the STEM community while bringing their voices to the forefront of the conversation. In addition, she is currently in her third year at the engineering program at her school, and is the Co-President/Founder of the Womxn in STEM club.

Rhoda is a first generation Ethiopian immigrant who loves sharing and embracing her culture! In her free time Rhoda likes to bake, develop her design skills, spend time with her friends. Rhoda is currently trying to learn a new coding language!


Amina Rhamatzada

Community Organizer and Student Researcher

Amina Rhamatzada is a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, New York.

As a Middle Eastern woman, Amina has been exposed to her beautiful culture through books, movies, songs and more. She has always wanted to share it with her peers and teach them about a culture tainted in mainstream media and society.

Amina participates in the Muslim Student Association club in her school, where she interacts with different people, trying to end the stigma around Islam. She also participates in a photography class to capture life in the moment, and is currently working on a website that could help all photographers kickoff their careers.

Amina’s work has been published on the site’s Discovery page.


Romina Farzaneh

Contributor

Romina Farzaneh is a junior at Abington Senior High School in Pennsylvania.

Conducting research for iFeminist allows her to learn about truly remarkable women in history that have been overlooked by traditional school curriculums. By sharing her findings, Romina is able to amplify the influences of the women she studies, ensuring that their legacies live on for centuries to come! Outside of iFeminist, she enjoys reading, playing with her cat, and studying languages. At school, she is the Assistant Captain of the chess team. Romina is also the founder of Language Learning Youth, an international community of teenagers that aims to crush cultural ignorance.

Romina’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Khushi Derai

Contributor

Khushi Derai is in 11th grade and lives in Muscat, Oman. She is originally from Gujarat, India and has been living in Muscat since 2010. As she grew up and was exposed to media and the harsh reality of today’s society, she began noticing the discrimination against women and hence began advocating for women’s rights.

She is interested in researching the history of feminism. She wants to know more about the women that the world forgot and wants to help spotlight such inspirational women through ifeminist.

She loves writing and has a passion for public speaking; she has participated in many inter and intra school debates, academic symposiums, elocutions, and continues to do so. She is a writer for Project Dissemination and was the president of her school’s gavel club. She is also a part of her school’s MUN team.

She enjoys reading and playing badminton in her free time.

Khushi’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Amanda Fernandez

Student Researcher

Amanda is a junior at Jose Marti STEM Academy in Union City, New Jersey.

Amanda’s interest in women’s history and research originates from her experiences in female-led settings that harbor empowering, enthusiastic, and productive learning experiences. These sisterhoods and female representations have shown the possibilities women can achieve by working together and that they have the potential to alter the fabric of society in remarkable aspects. She believes that by highlighting all of the amazing women in history, women will not only be celebrated for their revolutionary impacts, but also provide young girls shining examples of a diverse array of leaders.

In the spirit of sisterhood, Amanda is the treasurer of the female-led Youth Climate Action Coalition in her city, taking the necessary steps to spread environmental awareness. She is also an alumna of the 2021 Kode With Klossy Camp and the 2020 Girls Who Code Summer Program. In her spare time, Amanda loves watching films, playing guitar, drawing, photography, and playing with her dogs!

Amanda’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Louise Bossière

Contributor

Louise is French and Russian, but grew up in Brussels, Belgium. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University College Maastricht Netherlands, where she focused on gender, migration and development studies. Now, she is working towards a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action. She is a passionate fighter for human rights and devoted to the struggle of gender inequality.

Her interest in learning more about women in history started when she volunteered for a Nepalese school online and decided to teach about ‘her’ story. She noticed that during high school, the history curriculum was overwhelmingly male centric. Thus, she decided to do some research and told stories, to young students, of different women who all had an important impact on society, but that are often not acknowledged. By researching for iFeminist, Louise is eager to learn more about underrepresented women in history and empower other women.

Louise’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Tilottama Barua

Student Researcher

Tilottama is a student in 12th grade at Bangladesh International School and College, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Tilottama’s interest in knowing more about the women who wrote history comes from the lack of women in textbooks and other important documents. She has always admired the contribution of the female population to making the world as it is today ever since she came across books like “Good night stories for rebel girls.” She is excited to work with iFeminist because this is her first-ever digital article on something she is strongly passionate about and truly advocates for.

Outside of school, Tilottama likes to embroider, hand-letter, and paint. She also tutors students and supports her friends by providing them with amazing Tiktok and Ted Talk videos. Apart from being the science and debate club president at her school, she likes to read books on poetry, fantasy, and mystery.

You can check her articles out on the “Our Discoveries” page.


Juhi Ghosh

Contributor

Juhi Ghosh is a freshman at Mahadevi Birla Shishu Vihar in Kolkata, India.

Juhi wants to be a part of iFeminist to research and discover the work of the underrepresented women of history who have been ignored. Some of her hobbies and passions include creating video stories about various topics and posting them to her Youtube account. At the end of the video, she attempts to leave a meaningful message so that people can take something away from it. Reading story books and writing short stories and articles on various topics are some of her favorite things to do. She also loves doing photography!

You can check her articles out on the “Our Discoveries” page.


Latifah Pusey

Contributor

Latifah is a sixth former at the St. Hugh’s High School for Girls in Kingston, Jamaica.

Latifah is eighteen years old and has always had a passion for writing, researching, and coding. She aspires to become a civil engineer or a criminal lawyer because she dreams of advocating on people's behalf within the judicial system.

Latifah became a member of iFeminist because feminism has helped dismantle traditional expectations for women’s roles, encouraging modern women to be seen as equals to men. Her interest in feminism is illuminated by her participation in other organizations such as Kode with Klossy.

Latifah’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page. Go check it out!


Claire Gilbert

Contributor

Claire is a senior at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Claire’s love for history has led her to seek out every side of it, and share perspectives that history classes might not teach. Knowing that so much of history was built by women, and that they do not get the appreciation they deserve, Claire is driven to shine light to their legacies and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

Claire is a delegate on the Iowa Youth Congress, representing youth issues and participating in the legislative process to create meaningful change. Additionally, she does work around her community to deal with food insecurity, environmental sustainability, racism, and other social justice issues. She is also a tutor, both helping with the ACT for ConneXions, a program that offers free tutoring services around the globe, and teaching AP Biology to students at her school. In her free time, she loves to bake and play board games with her family.

Claire’s work can be found on our Discovery page!


Vivian Guo

Research Staff

Vivian is a freshman at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Vivian’s interest in gender studies arose from her experiences in male-dominated Math Team and Debate. From these activities, she realized the importance of non-male role models in all walks of life and is super excited to uncover these narratives for iFeminist!

Vivian is active on her school’s debate team in Varsity Lincoln Douglas where she serves as Novice Captain. She also mentors three other students around the nation through a gender-minorities program. At her school, Vivian co-created a club dedicated to Asian American identity and mental health, which has facilitated her interest in celebrating Chinese culture and the history of Asian womxn’s accomplishments. In her free time, she enjoys reading philosophy, spoken word poetry, and running.

More information about Vivian's research topic is on the Discoveries page!


Tess Tanaka

Graphic Designer

Tess is currently doing post graduate work in graphic design and social media in San Francisco, California. She joined iFeminist, because she wanted to contribute to an organization that showcases relevant topics, and is all about girls supporting girls.

She holds her degree from the University of Redlands in Asian Studies, with a minor in Media & Visual Culture Studies. Tess has always had a passion for history, but also creating eye catching visuals and graphics.

Tess studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan and is proud to be half Japanese, embracing her culture and heritage daily.

Her ultimate goal is to improve her graphic design skills, continue to learn everyday, and grow as a designer to better prepare herself for a future career in the design world.


Stephanie Rose Almodovar

Contributor

Stephanie’s very excited to be researching for iFeminist because as a woman in the tech field, she finds that it is sometimes hard to connect or relate to others when she is the only woman studying in the classroom. Stephanie believes that researching women who thrive(d) in the tech field will give herself and other young female STEM majors the courage to become who they are.

At her university, Stephanie is a member of a few groups. Stephanie took part in the Women in Science Mentorship Program where she made amazing connections with other females who are in the STEM field and is currently being mentored on completing her college career. Stephanie is also taking part in BUILT BY GIRLS, where she is being mentored in building her tech career. Finally, Stephanie took part in Breakthrough Tech formerly known as the WITNY CaRe program.

Stephanie’s work can be found on the Discoveries page!


Charvi Gangwani

Contributor

Charvi Gangwani is a senior at Choithram School in India.

Charvi has a perfervid appreciation for using technology for social good. She understands the beauty in fostering one’s individuality through global connection. She is the founder of a youth-based virtual forum for proactive people across the world which establishes a new perspective on creating an impact. Her interest in research is nurtured by her curiosity and love to discover something new.

Charvi is a TEDEd speaker, author, researcher and part of her school’s business venture- Good Earth, which aims to elevate local communities and promote environmental sustainability. She runs a podcast named ‘The Matchbox’ which reflects on Indian society. She strives to live her life fighting for equality and empowerment.

Charvi’s work can be found on the Discoveries page!


Alexa Franka

Research Staff

Alexa Franka is a senior in Sekolah Pelita Harapan in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Growing up in Indonesia, Alexa noticed a lack of representation among women in different fields in her country. In light of this, she strives to educate people about women who changed around the world, especially in Indonesia.

Alexa is active in the sports department at her school. Ever since she was in fifth grade, she has participated in her school’s soccer team. In sixth grade, she began playing basketball as well. She also serves as a member of a service group called “United”, which focuses on providing education about the importance of physical activity. Apart from sports, Alexa engages in the performing arts department. In 2019, she and her friends co-founded the school’s first student-led drama club, Kemang Village Theatrical Arts (KVTA) and now serves as president. Before this, she was involved in her school’s plays and musicals.

Alexa’s research can be found on the Discovery page!


Habigaelle Jean

Contributor

Habigaelle is a senior at AF Amistad High School in New Haven, Connecticut.

Habigaelle strongly believes in breaking gender inequities and hopes to empower other women through research.

Habigaelle loves learning, helping others and making an impact in her community. At school, she is a part of the cheerleading team, secretary of the community service club and a member of the social justice and medical club. Outside of school, she is an English tutor for second graders across the United States and an ambassador for organizations that support women in STEM.

Habigaelle’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Judith Eisl

Contributor

Judith is a senior at the Musisches Gymnasium in Salzburg, Austria.

Judith's interest in gender studies and the history of womxn’s accomplishments arose from observing all the powerful and independent womxn around her. In the numerous hours of research about Austria's past, she has also learned about many inspiring womxn who paved the way for her. Additionally, she developed a curiosity for the cultures and traditions of indigenous womxn during her exchange year in Australia while a sophomore at school.

Judith spends a lot of her spare time as part of Fridays for Future in Austria and, accordingly, has a deep-rooted passion for nature, the climate and creating a more sustainable society. Outside of academics, Judith also pursues several different forms of artistic expression: either she writes on her blog "Pages of Ju," or she paints and draws avidly, or she dances in her small bedroom, or she plays the flute. Furthermore, Judith enjoys educating herself on different scientific topics, including neuroscience, molecular biology and quantum science.


Lindsay Wong

Contributor

Lindsay Wong recently graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in history and Asian studies.

Growing up, she attended international schools in Tokyo and Singapore. Lindsay was born in New York City, grew up in Tokyo, graduated from high school in Singapore, and finished her university degree in Melbourne. Now, she lives in Singapore, where she works as a content producer for a social enterprise.

Lindsay is excited to research and write for iFeminist because she has always been passionate about elevating marginalized voices and shedding light on untold stories, especially as a history graduate. Letting these stories be told is essential in bridging the gap between cultures and striving towards a society that is more understanding and tolerant.

When she was in high school, Lindsay was a member of the JV and varsity debate teams, as well as a member of my school’s Brainbowl team. Lindsay also tutored middle school students in English and math. Throughout university, she was heavily involved in student media – this is where she developed her passion and skills as a writer and editor. Lindsay was the co-editor of her university’s undergraduate history journal for two consecutive years.


Laila Rivera

Research Staff

Laila is a junior at the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in New Jersey.

Laila’s Hispanic background helped her realize how much more representation minorities should be getting, and being able to write and research about these women is the perfect way to help shine some light!

Laila was previously in a STEM Research class where she and her partners worked together to create a substitute for plastic to reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean. The girls went on to compete and win top prizes in 3 categories and an overall 1st place for Engineering, Math and Computer Science. As a sophomore, she is planning to continue to work on the project, researching and following up on previously recorded results, as well as add new information and research in the coming year.

You can find her STEM Research Projects, Innovation Design, Awards and more in her Portfolio by clicking the link here.

Laila’s work can be found on the Discoveries page!


Ashna Gaglani

Research Staff

Ashna Gaglani is a senior at Millburn High School in New Jersey.

Ashna has always had a passion in learning about women who have made significant contributions to history and have been forgotten.

In her free time, Ashna is a part of her high school’s debate team, newspaper, tutoring program, and peer leaders. She also enjoys swimming and volunteering at her local community center on the weekends, teaching kids about their Indian heritage, and chess.

Ashna’s work for iFeminist is published on the “Our Discoveries” page. Feel free to check it out!


Lauren McDermott

Student Researcher

Lauren is a senior at Syosset High School in Syosset, New York

Ever since she was little, Lauren has always had a strong urge to do what is right. As Lauren got older, she was exposed to the prejudice that many people, including women and racial minorities, have to go through each day. Having friends of many different backgrounds helped her gain a more diverse view of the world. She thinks everyone should have that kind of diverse view, otherwise the human race will remain close-minded and unable to live in a world with less hate. By contributing to iFeminist, she believes that she, and this group of amazing young women, will be able to bring a little more understanding to the world around them. She is a proud feminist and she can’t wait to be able to spread more information about the women of history who haven’t been able to have their time to shine.

Lauren is very dedicated to school work and loves the arts. Her hobbies include theater, art, and reading. She is a part of the Association for Creative Thespians and the girls acapella group at her school, the Adelettes. She wants to major in psychology or psychiatry in college.


Alfiya Hussain

Contributor

Alfiya is a high school senior at Choithram School in Indore, India.

Alfiya is extremely passionate about art, science, and writing. Throughout Alfiya’s schooling, she noticed that whenever she read novels by women, her class discussed the author’s gender. When she studied novels by men, on the other hand, her class studied how their novels addressed the big issues of the day. Alfiya is interested in reversing this trend by studying women and asking how they were addressing the big issues of their day and, conversely, studying novels by male authors from the point of view of gender.

Outside of iFeminist, Alfiya is the founder of The Imagineering Youth (TIY), an initiative that empowers young women in design at all levels of experience by providing a supportive environment for them to pursue their passion for design. She is also a Senior Editor and Writer at several STEM organizations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and TV sitcoms.

Alfiya’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Navkiran Multani

Contributor

Navkiran Multani is currently a Sophomore at Central Peel Secondary School in Ontario, Canada.

As a young Sikh woman, learning about other powerful Sikh women has inspired her to write for iFeminist. She strongly believes that the rest of the world needs to hear the amazing stories of Sikh women in history. Through iFeminist, she hopes to share her findings and acquire knowledge about other empowering women in history.

In middle school, Navkiran created her own Asian Heritage Month Assembly in order to spotlight the different communities within Asia. In addition, she created her own self-defense workshop for girls within her high school in order to teach young girls self-defense and what to do in serious life-threatening situations. Nakiran also participates in other activities, including playing volleyball and basketball, being a professional dancer, tutoring students in India, and being an active member of her school’s community.

Navkiran's work is on the "Our Discoveries" page!


Claire Moore

Student Researcher

Claire is a senior at Syosset High School in Syosset, New York.

Claire is interested in expanding her knowledge about women in STEM and security in technology. Claire possibly wants to work for INTERPOL one day and plans to study engineering. Claire became interested in researching women in history from Syosset High School's Women in STEM club.

Claire is a part of her high school volleyball, bowling, and lacrosse team. She is also the President of her school's Russian club. She is a member of other clubs such as the Relief Club, BASIC, and Women in STEM. She enjoys cleaning up local beaches and reading during her free time.

Claire's work can be found on the "Our Discoveries" page!


Grace Lee

Contributor

Grace is a freshman at Jericho Senior High School in Jericho, NY.

Grace has an interest in science, especially the field of biology. Although having an interest in science, Grace has always had a passion for history, competing in National History Day 3 times and making it to nationals her first year. She is also very proud of her heritage as a first generation American from South Korea.

In her free time, Grace volunteers as an assistant teacher at her local Korean school. She also participates in her school’s Debate and Red Cross clubs. Outside of school, Grace takes part in many volunteer clubs like Hospectic and Leos Club. Grace also fences for her school’s varsity fencing team and also attends competitions outside of school.

You can find her research on the “Our Discoveries” page.


Mia Dun

Contributor

Mia is a junior in high school in Vancouver, Canada.

As a womxn of Japanese and Chinese descent, Mia wanted to discover and spread awareness regarding inspiring womxn of Asian heritage, particularly in scientific fields. Mia is ecstatic to have the opportunity to research a Japanese Canadian in the medical field. In her free time, Mia is the co-president of her school’s Model United Nations and Debate club, an executive member of the Student Council, and member of the Reach for the Top team. She also enjoys playing softball, reading, and practicing calligraphy.

You can find Mia’s work on the Discoveries page of this site!


Nicole Sanna

Student Researcher

Nicole Sanna is a senior at East Pennsboro High School near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Most of the history she has learned throughout high school has been centered around men, which completely neglects all of the progress and success achieved by women. Nicole wants to work to educate people on how influential women have been in world history.

In her free time, Nicole also participates in several clubs at her school, including Interact Club, a service club; Math Club; and Mini-THON, a charity event for childhood cancer research. She is also involved with political campaigns and various forms of activism.

Nicole's research can be found on the "Our Discoveries" page! Make sure to check it out!


Scarlett Patton

Contributor

Scarlett is a junior at Webster Groves High School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Scarlett is proud to be an Asian American woman in STEM and knows that there needs to be more female representation in history. Although being adopted into a primarily white family has made it harder to learn more about her heritage, Scarlett understands the importance of social media and the internet in discovering her culture.

In her free time, Scarlett likes to participate in several clubs at her school. She is Secretary in Student Council, Lead Programmer and Co-Team Lead on her robotics team, and an active member of the Tri-M Honors Society, Statesmen Symphony, Feminist Coaliton, and Asian Pacific American Club. In addition, she runs Cross Country and Track and Field for her school. Scarlett’s true passion, however, lies in computer science. She is currently an advisee at BUILT BY GIRLS and was a 3 times scholar at Kode with Klossy. She also enjoys exploring cyber security and hopes to major in it in college.

You can find her research on the discoveries page!


Mia Denning

Contributor

Mia is a Senior at Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mia enjoys running, science, and sewing. Her interest in researching underrepresented women in history originated from her mother’s occupation as a scientist. Observing women in STEM taught her the struggles of working in a male dominated field and inspired Mia to further research other women’s contributions to society. Mia is a 2019 Kode with Klossy graduate, Cross Country Co-Captain, GSU intern, science research assistant, and has also written for Cleaner Ocean’s Institute (work found here).

Mia’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Dohyeon Kim

Contributor

Dohyeon is a junior at Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies in South Korea.

Dohyeon has always found it problematic that her history textbooks predominantly cover the accomplishments of male figures, but not women who have made significant contributions in different fields. She wants to uplift the often untold, underrepresented stories of women in history, so she joined iFeminist.

Dohyeon Kim is a passionate advocate for womxn’s rights, youth empowerment, and climate justice. She is part of an organization called Youth 4 Climate Action, which amplifies youth voices on climate change and calls for more drastic climate policies. She also works as an editor for GenZHER magazine, which is an online magazine aiming to empower Gen Z girls. At her school, Dohyeon leads an intersectional feminism club.

Dohyeon work can be found on the Discoveries page!


Stephanie Pineda

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Stephanie Pineda is a senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Stephanie believes that women's stories need to be heard by other women.We have lived long enough in a male-dominated society and have listened to their stories from their perspectives, while women’s voices were lost in the shuffle. Women, especially those of color or low socioeconomic status, have been denied proper recognition. Sharing their stories among other women allows for the possibility to dismantle the silence that has persisted for centuries. By telling these stories, we allow other women to become inspired and unleash their voices. Therefore, Stephanie is honored to be a part of iFeminist.

Stephanie is also involved in the college leadership board for Girltelligence. Girltelligence is an app dedicated to women for support, advice, and establishes a community of sisterhood. Additionally, she volunteers for 7 Cups, where she provides support and listens to people who may be experiencing emotional distress. Lastly, she has volunteered and contributed to the student leadership board at St. Jude Hospital for three years, where she and her team oversee the membership department.

One of Stephanie’s greatest passions is medicine and mental health and she hopes to one day be a woman in medicine! When she is not volunteering or taking part in my leadership, Stephanie loves to cook, garden, play with make-up, binge my favorite Netflix shows, and partake in photography.

Stephanie’s research can be found on the Our Discoveries page!


Noorain Baig

Contributor

Noorain Baig is a junior at University of Colorado Boulder and is studying computer science.

She is interested in researching untold stories of women to bring light to their many contributions in science and technology, as well as bringing more representation to empower young women in STEM.

Outside of iFeminist, Noorain volunteers, codes, writes, and pursues other opportunities in technology. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and reading and finding excuses to go on coffee/bubble tea runs. You can find her work on the site’s Discoveries page, so be sure to check it out!


Anupama Rao

Student Researcher

Anupama is a high school senior, attending Treamis World School in Bengaluru, India.

Anupama is interested in researching women around the world, especially about how customs, religion, and cultures impact the treatment of women, historically and in the present day. Anupama wants to explore trailblazing women learn from their life experiences.

Anupama was a part of the Creative Writing Club at Wayzata High School, from spring of 2018 to summer of 2019. She loves to read and write, and can be found constantly overthinking about her works on Wattpad. Apart from writing a novel, she’s also part of two amazing online clubs and hopes to join more such clubs and groups. Though she has not been able to stick around at the same place for more than 2 years, moving around the world has been an eye-opener and has helped cultivate her love for traveling and being a true global citizen.

Find out more about Anupama’s research on the Discoveries page.


Sona Popat

Contributor

Sona Popat is a Biological Natural Sciences undergraduate at the University of Cambridge.

She loves to learn about all of the incredible womxn in STEAM fields and is proud to be able to share those stories to ensure their contributions aren’t lost to history.

When she’s not in the lab, Sona can usually be found running around backstage at the student theatre stage managing shows, writing short stories, or growing her collection of plants (pun intended!) At the moment, she is also learning to code, working on a short film, and helping young people get involved in science communication as part of the Young Scientists’ Journal and Reinvented Magazine.

You can find her research on the Our Discoveries page!


Esther Duong

Contributor

Esther Duong is a high school senior from the San Francisco Bay Area, in California.

Esther is passionate about environmentalism, sustainability, and activism. As an avid supporter of female inclusivity in STEM fields (and as a girl in STEM herself!), she loves to discover inspiring women who have shaped history but go unnoticed in the academic and public eye.

At her high school, Esther is a Drum Major for the marching band, co-leader of her school’s glee club, and the vice president of TEDxMHS. She is also a creative writer for Girl Genius Magazine and co-leader of the workshop team and San Jose team in Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action. In her free time, Esther loves to read fantasy/action books, listen to k-pop, and bullet journal/write calligraphy.

Esther's research can be found on the Discoveries page!


Estella Grasso

Contributor

Estella Grasso is a sophomore at Grand Blanc High School in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Estella is very interested in art and fashion and loves studying techniques from female artists and designers. Estella has been inspired to create her own unique pieces of art by looking up to these creative women.

When Estella is not creating art, she partakes in many school activities and sports. She is a part of multiple swim teams and plays water polo for her school. She is also part of student government and yearbook.

You can find Estella’s work on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Salem Reaves

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Salem is a homeschooled junior in high school, they are also dual-enrolled at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Salem has been passionate about studying history ever since their first visits to local historic sites and museums as a child. They believe that using history to educate people is now more important than ever, and want to prioritize telling the stories of people who have been silenced in the past.

When they aren’t studying history, Salem spends their free time reading, transcribing documents in digital archives, and contributing to local and independent arts.

Check out Salem's work on the "Our Discoveries" page!


Katya Heredia

Contributor

Katya is a first year medical student in the BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

As a first-generation Ecuadorian American, Katya has always wanted to learn more about her Ecuadorian roots and the history of Ecuador’s leading women. Katya hopes to uncover the untold stories of historically impactful women all around the world.

During her high school career, Katya was president of the Spanish Club and Spanish Honors Society, and an officer of her school’s peer mentoring group. She was involved in Chamber Choir, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Writing Center. Katya is also an American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State and Missouri All-State Choir alumni. In her free time, she enjoys reading, biking, and volunteering at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

Katya’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Julianna Aguja

Contributor

Julianna is a senior at Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Julianna grew up in an environment full of strong female figures, which inspired her to start learning about important womxn whose names have largely been left out of history textbooks. Julianna’s appreciation of her Filipina and Italian heritage has drawn her to researching impactful women from her own cultures.

At school, she serves on multiple Student Equity and Inclusion Boards and is captain of the Model United Nations team. She is passionate about social justice work and is involved with civic engagement clubs in her community. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, Julianna enjoys reading, watching Criminal Minds, and spending time with friends and family.


Farrah Bergstrom

Student Researcher

Farrah Bergstrom is a senior at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Farrah has always been a proponent of supporting women and bringing underrepresented women in history into the limelight. She is also incredibly inspired by her Iranian heritage.

Outside of iFeminist, Farrah works as a political campaign staffer during local elections, as well as a few national campaigns. She also participates in Youth in Government, Model United Nations, and spends a lot of time volunteering at her local library.

Farrah's research is published here! Check it out on the Discoveries page.


Raina Talwar Bhatia

Contributor

Raina is a ninth grade student from India.

Raina has always been passionate about gender studies, STEM, and engineering. At a young age, she was mocked for her interest by the boys in her class. After this experience, she desired to make a change in the way her society fundamentally views women. Raina believes that the best way to achieve equality is by talking about some of the most important women in history.

Raina is the Secretary General of her school’s Model UN Club and has attended over 15 conferences, winning prestigious awards at international conferences like HMUN China and India. She is a Trinity certified drummer, and completed her Grade 8 earlier this year. She also plays with a band named Evolution at a multitude of events. In her free time, she enjoys watching shows about history, politics and true crime.

Raina’s research can be found on the Discoveries page.


Anika Shah

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Anika is a sophomore at Syosset High School in Syosset, New York.

Anika recently found her love for women’s studies through the numerous feminist clubs at her school. By researching Indian feminists who have changed Hindu societal norms, she has found deep ties to her Indian background, and can now truly appreciate the women who she aspires to be one day.

In her free time, Anika enjoys playing the flute and piccolo, competing in speech and debate tournaments and online shopping. She participates in various clubs at her school including Women in Stem, G.I.R.L. Talk, Helping Hands Society, Young Women’s Forum and Music Honors Society. On the weekends she participates in the Nassau-Suffolk Honor Band and hangs out with her friends!

Anika’s research can be found on the Discoveries page!


Jasmine Lunia

Student Researcher

Jasmine is a sophomore at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas.

Jasmine’s interest in history and feminism arose when she began to become interested in scientific fields, such as physics, that are significantly male-dominated. She would always hear of discoveries made by male scientists, but never any made by female scientists. Doing her own research, she realized that plenty of women made major contributions to male-dominated fields, but many weren’t credited for their discoveries. She is excited to bring the stories of these women to light for iFeminist!

Jasmine spends her time working on STEMteen Dallas, where she leads her local chapter in an effort to make STEM education accessible to all, as well as the organization suSTEMability, which she founded in order to educate people on the intersection between science and sustainability. You can get involved by checking out their instagram @sustemabilitydallas. She also participates in several other extracurricular activities, many centering around themes of writing, STEM, and activism, volunteers at her local science museum regularly, and works on the environmental club she founded at her school in order to ensure that the community is as sustainable and healthy as possible. She spends her free time writing poetry, creating art, reading books of several genres, and learning about fascinating scientific topics. She is passionate about creating a culture in which diverse voices are heard and listened to in all fields.


Usraat Fahmidah

Student Researcher

Usraat Fahmidah is a rising junior at Rajuk Uttara Model College, Dhaka. She is currently residing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Usraat’s interest in feminism stems from her interest in political science and social activism. She is a social activist and co-founder of a non profit organisation aiming to create social changes in her community. She aspires to become a stentorious voice to all of the unheard girls in need. Through her research, she enjoys learning about women’s contributions to society and how their conditions are affected by socioeconomic status through different epochs in history.

She’s a debater, philosopher, and an ardent book reader. Her interests include economics, philosophy, political science and history.


Emma Van Dorn

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Emma Van Dorn is a senior at Syosset High School in Syosset, New York.

Emma has always been passionate about women’s rights as well as the importance of inspiring and empowering women and is very excited to learn more about underrepresented women and their accomplishments.

Emma is active in many clubs at her school. She is the Mentorship Coordinator of the Women in STEM Club, Captain and President of the Sailing Team, President of the Girls Who Code Club, Vice President of the Mock Trial Team, Treasurer of the Robotics Club, and a member of the Radio Club. Emma also works as a dental assistant on the weekends, volunteers at NYU Winthrop Hospital, and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, which she was awarded when she taught children in her community about the importance of proper dental health. In her free time, she enjoys reading and going to the beach.

Emma’s research is published on the Discoveries page of this site!


Rishika Bandamede

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Rishika Bandamede is a freshman at Rutgers University. Rishika does not think there was a certain turning point when she became interested in feminism. She was just always drawn to stories about females and felt that she could relate to them better. As she got older, Rishika became more aware about the issues and inequalities that exist between the genders and wanted to explore them further.

Rishika believes that it is important to share the stories of women who have been through struggles and highlight their achievements. She is excited to discover lesser known powerful women and keep their stories circulating.

In her school, Rishika had started a composting pilot program to reduce her school’s food waste. She also helped organize and run blood drives in her school. Rishika took part in the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program and is looking to pursue Computer Science. She is a Bharatanatyam dancer and really enjoys dancing of all kinds. She loves connecting to her roots and is always looking to participate in something new.

Rishika’s work can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page!


Agnes Wong

Student Researcher

Agnes is a junior at Queens College in New York. She is currently studying psychology and sociology to be an industrial/organizational psychologist. She was first exposed to coding and computer science when she participated in the 2017 Girls Who Code summer immersion program. She discovered that women are underrepresented in the tech and business industry due to the lack of the educational opportunities and accessibility introduced to females in STEM fields. Following her passion for research and history, she strives to educate people about the impact many women have made in male-dominated fields.

Aside from her involvement in iFeminist, she is a mentor at College Key Foundation where she provides tailored advice to a high school rising senior about college application and internship tips. She also volunteers at Plannr Consulting to help clients with organizational skills, time management, and lifestyle improvement. This summer, she is interning at companies such as The Trill Project, STEMchats, and Count Me In to explore her interests in different fields. In addition, she is a project director at Dear Asian Youth as she loves being able to connect with her fellow Asians to promote an appreciation for the culture.

Agnes can be found volunteering in her community and reading supernatural fiction during her spare time. She also enjoys watching cartoons and listening to R&B music that puts her coworkers to sleep. Agnes’s research on underrepresented women is published on iFeminist. Make sure to check it out on the Discoveries page!


Anannya Prasanna

Contributor

Anannya is a strong believer in equality and women’s rights. She believes that there are a lot of women that have made significant contributions to society, but are unknown or underrepresented in society. Anannya is also very interested in history, which makes her want to research women from the past and create awareness while doing this.

Anannya loves to participate in a lot of extracurriculars at her school, which is why she is on the Varsity Policy debate team, Model UN, HOSA, mental health clubs to help teens at risk, and Youth Extending Services. She recently started a UNICEF humanitarian club at her high school to invoke a change not just in her community, but globally. She also loves volunteering at the public library, and a local hospital.

You can find Anannya’s work on the iFeminist website’s “Our Discoveries page.”


Anna Lieb

Contributor

Anna Lieb is a freshman at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is excited to participate in iFeminist to learn about the women who shaped our world and to highlight underrepresented stories of important women in history.

She is interested in historical women in computer science, as she intends to pursue computer science in college. She was an organizer for Princeton High School’s hackathon, hackPHS, and was also a 2019 Scholar and 2020 Instructor Assistant for Kode With Klossy, an organization that holds programming to encourage girls to explore computer science.

She was a senior editor at Princeton High School’s newspaper, The Tower, and enjoys singing in her school’s choir. In her free time, she likes to read, leech off of her friends’ Hulu accounts, and run on track and cross country teams.


Emi Knape

Contributor

Emi is a freshman at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Emi’s interest in gender studies arose from her participation in Kode With Klossy as well as her engagement in a research project during her junior year of high school where she studied the lack of women in the tech industry. Today, Emi wants to make a difference by bridging gender disparities in technology.

Emi is involved in her school’s drama club where she serves as co-captain of her improv troupe and is on the executive board. In her free time, Emi likes reading, watching movies, and designing custom-made shoes.

Emi’s research can be found on the “Our Discoveries” page of this website!


Sophia Chaudri

Student Researcher

Sophia Chaudri is a sophomore at Syosset High School in Syosset, New York.

Being that she is a first generation Bengali-American, Sophia had always compared the two worlds into which she was born - the one tied to her heritage - versus the one tied to her home. Her interest in politics also spurred a passion for advocacy and conversation.

Stemming from her passion for current events and public speaking, Sophia is an active member within the speech and debate community. She also dedicates time to participating in the Young Women’s Forum club at her high school, which serves as an outlet for discussing women’s issues openly, collaboratively, and honestly, as well as the Breaking Borders club - an opportunity to collaborate with other schools on Long Island. Aside from academic endeavors, Sophia enjoys reading, writing, and painting.

You can find Sophia's work on the Discoveries page!


Autumn Halfpenny

Contributor

Autumn Halfpenny is a senior at Riverside Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Illinois.

Autumn is proud to be a woman and wants to continue advocating for gender equality by commemorating the strong women of the past through iFeminist. The women she writes about have taken huge strides towards equality and cannot be forgotten.

Autumn is a part of many extracurricular activities including Student Association, the Association of Students for Tolerance, and FCCLA, of which she is the vice president. Outside of school, Autumn can be found volunteering at her local Ronald McDonald House, playing guitar, baking, going to concerts, jamming out to Taylor Swift, or watching Netflix.

Check out the “Our Discoveries” page to see her work!


Rebecca Rranza

Contributor

Rebecca is a current graduate student in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City. She joined iFeminist because she wanted to contribute her part to fashion history and feminist history.

She holds a degree in History from Michigan State University. She has always loved history. However, her love for history grew when she learned about historical figures in fashion. Her academic research interests include Haute Couture and street style fashions in the 1990s.

She also works as a stylist at BHLDN in NYC styling brides for their weddings. Her goal is to continue working in fashion after finishing graduate school and to combine her love of history and fashion into a career.


Zara Baig

Contributor

Zara is freshman at Stony Brook University.

Zara has always been interested in politics and is very proud of her heritage as a young Pakistani woman. As a way of bridging the two interests she began her research on Benazir Bhutto, the first female Pakistani Prime Minister.

In her free time, Zara is a Girl Scout and is working on her Gold Award, she is president of the Syosset High School Model Congress team and also president of the Youth Advisory Board at the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead, NY. She also likes to paint, draw, and read.

More information about the life and legacy of Zara's research topic is on the discoveries page, so check it out!


Victoria Tong

Contributor

Victoria Tong is a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School East in New York.

She writes for iFeminist because she believes it is important to highlight forgotten women. She is especially interested in uncovering lost histories of powerful Asian women who broke traditional gender and cultural stereotypes.

Victoria participates in Speech and Debate, DECA, Girls Learn International, and she founded her school’s first National Ethics Bowl Team. She loves learning more about philosophy and has started a philosophy and ethics program for her middle school. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching movies starring Timothee Chalamet.

Victoria's work is published here! Check it out on the Discoveries page.


Shivaanshi Mishra

Contributor

Shivaanshi is a sophomore at Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir in Muscat.

She originally hails from Lucknow, India, but now lives in Muscat, Oman since 2014. Growing up in a patriarchal Indian society, she started to notice the discrimination against women, in and outside her home, at a very young age. This experience has shaped her view of a lot of things. She is passionate about advocating for women’s rights and raising her voice against gender-based violence and discrimination.

Apart from being an avid writer, she is a national level public speaker and debater, and has taken part in international MUN conferences. She is a blog team member at The Period Society and a member of her school’s student council, and plays the violin. She also loves to paint and sketch. On a free day, you will find her reading a good YA or Fantasy novel, listening to Ariana Grande, or watching a good old Bollywood movie.

You can check her articles out on the “Our Discoveries” page.